Soldiers' jobs spared by redundancy volunteers - Telegraph Is the number of people opting to quit the army a sign of collapsing morale, especially in these dire economic times? What steps can now be taken to show the Armed Forces that they are valued? As opposed to the talking up of the Army and then the dismissing of 20K people at the same time. Given the voluntary opt out of service, and the stated reduction in spend from 2015, should the government not now state a future number? I for one feel that manning will drop far further than the stated 82K.